Classroom Media Show Restraint

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Magazines and television news shows produced for classroom use have weighed carefully whether and how to address the allegations that President Clinton had an affair with a former White House intern and illegally sought to conceal it. Some, such as My Weekly Reader, have chosen to ignore the story for the time being, while others have covered it.

Time For Kids

The junior version of Time magazine ran a short story about the allegations along with its Feb. 6 cover story about the president's State of the Union Address.

"President Clinton faces serious charges. ... A woman who used to work at the White House claims to have proof that President Clinton had a young girlfriend named Monica Lewinsky. Lewinsky also used to work at the White House. Most Americans would strongly disapprove of the married president's having a girlfriend. ...Until all the legal questions are answered, there will be a lot of talk--and news reports--about the president's honesty and honor.''

CNN Newsroom

The Cable News Network's classroom show for students has also run several stories about the matter. The show asked students what they thought about the allegations.

Dean Bordeaux, 16:

"A lot of people are going to listen to this and think it may actually be fact. ... People may not understand that ... they haven't proved that [the president] has perjured himself.''

Channel One

The daily 12-minute classroom news show has mentioned the allegations a few times, and it went to a school to see how students were reacting.

Channel One anchor Kris Osborn:

"It's been alleged that the president had an affair with a young woman and then asked her to lie about it. The president says that's not true, but a special government prosecutor is now investigating.

"What do teenagers think about the whole thing? Earlier this week, I headed to a Channel One school in Fishers, Indiana.''

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